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Posted - 04 févr. 2011 :  06:04:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK, i'm pulling my hair out. I CAN NOT find a device that meets all of my criteria. here it is:

Application: Offroad driving, like 4x4, Baja 1000, etc.

note: i already own a Garmin 60CS, Garmin Nuvi 5000, and Magellan RoadMate 1700.

1 - 5+" display, preferably 7"
2 - able to import tracks
3 - accept tracks with 10,000 points or MORE.
4 - have routes with 10,000 navigable waypoints.
5 - $200 or less
6 - somewhat resistant to at least dirt / dust (so no laptops, etc).
7 - average to small in size/thickness (unlike the Lowarance Baja's).

My Garmin 60CS does what i want pretty much, but has too small screen when you are driving on dirt roads at 50+ mph.

My Nuvi 5000 won't allow track importing, or routes with more than 250 waypoints.

My Magellan 1700 won't allow import of anything, and in all doesn't work offroad at all.

following a track is "ok" but navigating a route is sooooo much easier especially when you are driving and navigating at the same time. and why can't you change a gps from landscape view to portrait view. i'd much rather see more in front of me than way off to each side.



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Posted - 04 févr. 2011 :  08:10:10  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Since you're familiar with Garmin systems, I think your best bet would be a Garmin Oregon, the screen is larger than the 60Cs, it is a touchscreen and the map scrolling is much faster. Only real drawback is the lack of buttons. You can see what people have to say about it in its topic here : - they also came out with a model with a camera :

Or you could try an Android tablet with a 7" screen like the Witstech A81 and software like Androzic (a port of OziExplorer), check out its topic - the built-in GPS is weak though so you'd have to use an external Bluetooth receiver for difficult environments.

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Posted - 04 févr. 2011 :  16:17:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thanks for the response;

i've been trying to get MioPocket 4.0 to run on the Magellan 1700 so i can try software like Oziexplorer, etc. but haven't been successful yet:

the lack of buttons, especially zoom buttons could be a big problem with the Oregon. i often am wearing gloves. the Oregon is also pretty pricey. for that much i would seriously consider a Lowarance Baja. Lowarance used to make larger 7" & 8" models i think, but now only offer 5". i tell ya, after having the Magellan 1700 and the 7", even 7" doesn't seem that big anymore.

i'll go back to using my 60C before spending another $300-$500 on something that doesn't do EXACTLY what i need.
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Posted - 04 févr. 2011 :  16:29:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you mean Roadmate 1700? I run OziExplorer on it with no problem. But it runs very slow. See my thread here:
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Posted - 04 févr. 2011 :  19:37:14  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes slow reponse can get quickly annoying. Androzic runs fine on the Android tablets like the Witstech, not as full features as the latest OziCE but it does the job.

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Posted - 04 févr. 2011 :  22:18:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well they have now released an alpha version of Ozi CE for Android as well, and are working on an iPhone/iPad app. See: and

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Posted - 12 févr. 2011 :  18:20:52  Show Profile  Visit skunk's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Trimble for android os, I use it for my advanced offroad club .
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